and the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency cannot help directly
with tracing former comrades or family tree searches. However, please
see our section on Service
In addition, the following organisations may be able to assist with
A Grave in Scotland
is a private company that provides an online resource for searching
cemetery records in Scotland. Basic searches are free but there
may be a charge for some elements of the service. This entry is
provided for information purposes and Veterans-UK has no association
whatsoever with the company.
Independent Field Squadron Terendak Malaya
Internet site that reunites, comrades and colleagues from the Military Forces. Database
held with thousands of Units, Squadrons, Ships, Regiments and Battalions
from the Armed Forces around the world including UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Examples
of listings include The Royal Navy, The Royal Air Force, The British Army,
Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Australian Army, Navy and Air Force, Royal New Zealand
Army, Navy and Air Force.
Trying to locate an old Pal or Friend
You should include a contact telephone number.
Military Genealogy is the only site where you can find military records of over 2 million British Armed Forces personnel exclusively cross matched with over 4000 Regiments, Bases and Ships of the British Armed Forces going back to before 1630, making your genealogy task much easier and more complete.
Imperial War Museum
The safe secure way to contact past friends and colleagues. The largest active
community of serving and former service personnel in the UK.
Imperial War Museum
Fax: 0207 416 5374
0207 416 5000 switchboard
0207 416 5291 (Film and video archive)
0207 416 5287 (Pictures of RN ships)
0207 416 9851 (War Memorials)
0207 416 5222 (Documents Department)
0207 416 5344 (Library)
0207 416 5344 (Make an appointment, at least 24 hours in advance, to view
a particular regimental history)
The Imperial War Museum Shop
Tel: 0207 416 5327
The Imperial War Museum Shop sells
companion volumes for the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, Army and RAF to assist
in tracing family history. Currently
priced at £5.99.
RAF - Comrade
117 1/2 Loughborough Road
Telephone Number: 0116 2665224
Fax Number: 0116 2665012
Website Address: www.raf-comrade-contact.co.uk
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 023 9229 4228
Fax: 023 9283 8845
Navy News is a monthly newspaper providing a free contacts column.
Unit 3, 5 Sybron Way
Millbrook Industrial Estate
Tel: 01892 600192
Publishers of RAFA magazine provide an opportunity to locate old colleagues.
“Where are they now Section”
Tel: 01452 712612 ext 5590 or 5591
Fax: 01452 510848
Provides free advertising (under 30 words) to locate old colleagues.
Royal British Legion
199 Borough High Street
Telephone Number: 020 32072100
Fax Number: 020 32072276
Legionline: 0845 725 725
Website Address: www.britishlegion.org.uk/
Royal British Legion (Scotland)
New Haig House
Logie Green Rd
Telephone Number: 0131 557 2782
Fax Number: 0131 557 5819
Website Address: www.rblscotland.org.uk
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Royal British Legion Magazine
Redactive Publishing Ltd
17 Britain street
London EC1M 5TP
Tel: 020 7880 6200
Soldier Magazine (‘Searchline’)
Provides a Searchline column offering researches into military matters.
Major D Cadwallader
Tel: 01252 347353
Fax: 01252 347358
UK based Armed Forces Friend Finder allowing you to find lost military friends
and colleagues and reunite with old mates from the British Army, Royal Navy
Royal Military School of Music
London TW2 7DU
Tel: 020 8744 8628
Fax: 020 8893 8746
Office of National Statistics (for England & Wales )
PO BOX 2
Tel: 0151 471 4800 0151 471 4800
The new charges are £9.25 for a standard service and £23.40 for a priority service.
General Register Office (Scotland)
General Register Office (Northern Ireland)
New Registrar House
3 West Register Street
Tel: 0131 3340380
49-55 Chichester Street
Tel: 02890 252000
Deals with certificate enquiries on births, deaths and marriages since 1922,
for dates before that, you should contact the Dublin Office on the number
General Register Office (Eire)
General Register Office (Overseas)
8-11 Lombard Street East
Tel: 00353 1671100
General Register Office
Tel: +44 (0) 151 471 4801
This office does not engage in genealogical research.
If the birth was registered with the
unit and/or with HM Consul then contact the Overseas General Register Office
above for overseas birth certificates (BFG etc). If not, you should
contact the relevant hospital direct.
The National Archive (formerly The Public Records Office)
The National Archive is the national archive of the UK. It brings together
and preserves the records of central government and the Courts of Law,
and makes them available to all who wish to consult them.
Public Records Office
Tel: 020 8876 3444
Fax: 020 8392 5286
Public Records Office
Tel: 020 8392 5200
Holds information covering detention, care of children and adoption arrangements
for the period 1850-1971 in class MH102.
Family Records Centre
Family Records Centre
1 Myddleton Street
Tel: 020 8392 5300
Norcap (Adults affected by Adoption)
112 Church Road
Tel: 01865 875000 10.00 - 4.30pm
Fax: 01865 875686
When tracing adoptees, the date registered and their date of birth is required.
For change of name by deed poll contact:
The Royal Courts of Justice
Genealogical Research Index
Study of descents of families and person from an ancestor or ancestors.
UK and Ireland Genealogy Service
England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales
||First genealogy step in researching ancestry
|www.ancestry.com / www.ancestry.co.uk
|Easy to navigate site, starting point for
finding ancestors in the UK
750 pages with over 12,000 links, most to searchable surname records
such as ship’s passenger lists,
church records, cemetery transcriptions, military records and census
information for USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & Europe.
Scottish Genealogical Research
At your Local library it is possible to access a countywide telephone directory,
which may help in tracing individuals.
Principle Probate Registry
First Avenue House
42-49 High Holborn
For a copy of a will registered in
England & Wales
The Search Department
They require deceased’s full name, last address, date of death and
a cheque for £5 made payable to ‘HMPG’.
Red Cross Tracing Service
International Tracing and Message
worldwide with other Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies or the International
Committee of the Red Cross in situations of conflict, to restore and maintain
contact between families by conveying messages and helping trace relatives
who may have gone missing.
British Red Cross International Tracing & Message
5 Berners Road
Tel: 020 7704 5686
Or you can contact your local branch
of the British Red Cross. If
you live outside of the UK, you should contact the National Society in your
country.Salvation Army Tracing Services
At present, family tracing enquiries are dealt with only by post and not
Sussex Association of Navel Officers
13 Southdown Rd
Website: www.sussexnavy.org UK Requests
Family Tracing Service
101 Newington Causeway
Tel: 020 7367 4747
Fax 020 7367 4723
If living outside the UK, you can communicate with the Salvation Army Centre
within the locality. The address is in the local telephone directory or you
can find it on the Salvation Army website.
Please note the information enclosed is subject to constant change and although
the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency endeavours to keep the information
updated we are unable to accept responsibility for any changes or amendments.
Royal Military School of Music - www.army.mod.uk/music/
Salvation Army - www2.salvationarmy.org.uk
PublicRecordFinder.com - PublicRecordfinder.com provides a useful resource containing information on obtaining public records within the United States of America. Whilst free to use, you should be aware the site contains commercial advertisements and some of the websites it links to may involve a charge or may also be commercial in nature.